They just had a small clip on remote starters on the news. Apparently now that the temps are low everyone wants to get a remote starter installed. They now are programmable. So you can program the starter to start once it hit a certain temperature or to start at a certain time of the day. This all seems like a lot a gas wasting to me. What is the worse is starting the car to run the air conditioning.
Has everybody forgot about engine block heaters.
2008 EPA adjusted:
Distance traveled by bicycle in 2007= 1,830ish miles
Average commute speed=25mph (yes, that's in a car)
I have something like that and haven't found the right place to splice into the heater hose to defeat the heater valve and yet not defeat the normal heater operation.
BTW, contrary to common belief, most of those 'cidculating' types work on convection and require placement so that coolant exits the engine through the bottom, goes though the EBH and goes back in somewhere near the top of the engine.
Since we're talking about convection anyway, I'm also looking at the lower-radiator-hose type. Problem is, both hoses enter the block at the same vertical height:
I'm not sure convection would work.
Of course, I can't actually see any of this with my eyes, there's so much crammed in there.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. - Albert Einstein
Clench: I get the same feeling -- everywhere I go these days, idling at the drive-thru, the neighbors idle their Expedition for 20 minutes in the morning (ARGH), you go into a shop -- cars idling.
I remember back in my Beretta days, looking at the brochures showed that an EBH was less than $50 to install new. Remote start is hard on the whole drivetrain and it doesn't always work. The EBH is good for automatics and the increasingly rare manual.